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Increased capacity at borders during the festive season

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The Department of Home Affairs announced recently that they are working with border law enforcement agencies and the six countries sharing borders with our country, to ensure ease of movement for travellers over the festive season. “We want travellers to enter and leave South Africa without hindrance in this peak period, and to do so in a manner that is legally permissible, without breaking any law of our country.”

Capacity will be increased between Wednesday, 04 December 2019 and 13 January 2020.

The ports of entry with traditionally high volumes of movement will have their operating hours increased by between one and seven hours. The Lebombo and Oshoek ports of entry will open for 24 hours on specified days.

Border law enforcement entities have confirmed readiness to handle increased volumes of travellers and goods at all ports of entry. This increase in movement of people and goods, across borders, is due to the inflow and outflow of travellers such as tourists, cross-border workers, business, academics and those on educational activities.

Home Affairs will deploy close to 400 additional officials at selected ports, to assist with delivery of immigration services and offer technical support at the borders. Most of these officials will be posted at the Beit Bridge Port of Entry with Zimbabwe, Lebombo, Maseru Bridge Port of Entry with Lesotho and the Ficksburg Port of Entry with Lesotho.

The South African Police Services has increased police officials with an additional 80. South African Revenue Services (Customs) is deploying an extra 86 customs officials at selected ports, and the rest of the border law enforcement entities have also deployed limited numbers of staff as they will rely mainly on overtime for permanent staff.

“We implore all travellers leaving and entering South Africa to ensure all their travel documents are in order to avoid unnecessary delays at ports. These include passports, visas, health certificates, permits for specified goods, plants and animals and vehicle insurance and bank authorised cross-border documents for vehicles.”

Extended hours at ports of entry for Mpumalanga:

Lebombo 06:00 – 00:00 24 hrs. (6hrs) 13 Dec 2019 – 13 Jan 2020
Mananga 07:00 – 18:00 07:00 – 20:00 (2hrs) 21 – 24 Dec 2019
Jeppes Reef 07:00 – 20:00 07:00 – 22:00 (2hrs) 21 – 24 Dec 2019
Oshoek 07:00 – 00:00 24 hrs. (7hrs) 19 – 21 Dec 2019
Mahamba 07:00 – 22:00 07:00 – 00:00 (2hrs) 21 Dec 2019

(2hrs) 24 Dec 2019

 

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